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Clinical Transplantation: a new member benefit

Interview with Dr. Ron Shapiro, Clinical Transplantation Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Ron ShapiroHow have you seen the journal evolve in recent years?

The overall theme has been to improve the quality of the journal, and this is an ongoing process. We have added a number of additional Associate Editors and created a layer of Deputy Editors, and have in general attempted to be appropriately selective in accepting good papers and rejecting inappropriate manuscripts. Every single paper has had to undergo peer review. We have attempted to reduce the turnaround time, and have made some progress but are still working on it. The Impact Factor of the journal has risen slowly, but not yet to the level we would like to see.

What advice would you give junior faculty to help them publish?

  1. Publish meaningful papers.
  2. Write the paper as well as you can, and get the senior author to review the paper carefully.
  3. Expect that there will be a request for revision. No paper is ever accepted without need for revision. The peer review process generally improves the quality of the paper.

If ASTS members want to become involved in the journal, for instance as a reviewer, what is the best way to do so?

Feel free to email me with a copy of your CV. One of the recent problems with journals is finding individuals willing to review a given article and then having them submit the review in a timely manner. We have occasionally had to ask over 10 individuals to review to get one or two reviewers.

What is most rewarding about being Editor in Chief?

I have had the sense that the quality of the papers we are seeing has improved gradually over the years, and that we are making an impact in terms of publishing better and more relevant articles.

What do you see as the future of peer-reviewed publications in general and specifically Clinical Transplantation?

I remain committed to the idea that publishing in peer reviewed papers is an important part of scientific progress, and that there will continue to be a role for these publications. I would like to see Clinical Transplantation continue to improve in terms of reduced turnaround time and higher impact factor.

What else would you like to say to ASTS members?

When you are asked to review an article, please say yes, and submit your review promptly. Please send us papers that you think are meaningful contributions. Please understand that the peer review process is an important part of improving the quality of every submitted article.